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Cavium’s ThunderX2 Processors coming to Penguin Computing Tundra OCP Platform

Today Penguin Computing, a provider of high-performance computing, enterprise datacenter and cloud solutions, announced availability of its Tundra Extreme Scale (ES) server platforms based on Cavium second-generation ARMv8-based ThunderX2 processors. Tundra ES Valkre servers powered by ThunderX2 processors are now available for public order, and a standard 19” rack mount models will ship in 3rd Calendar Quarter 2017. “Penguin Computing is the leading developer of open, Linux-based, HPC, cloud, and enterprise data center solutions,” said Jussi Kukkonen, Vice President, Advanced Solutions, Penguin Computing. “By extending our product roadmap to Cavium’s second generation 64-bit ARMv8 CPUs in our Tundra family of Open Compute servers we again step up our leadership position. Our customers get outstanding value from the efficiency and flexibility enabled by OCP infrastructure combined with best-in-class compute performance coming from Cavium’s ThunderX2 offering.”

Lenovo Powers World’s Largest Skylake Cluster at Barcelona Supercomputing Center

Today Lenovo announced the deployment of the world’s largest, next-generation Intel-based Supercomputer at the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The 11.1 petaFLOP1 Supercomputer called MareNostrum 4, will be housed in the world’s “most beautiful data center”at the Chapel Torre Girona at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain, and will be used to power diverse science from human genome research, bioinformatics and biomechanics to weather forecasting and atmospheric composition. This new system, which will continue to grow over time, is listed at #13 on the latest TOP500 list that was released this week. “The fast delivery, installation and optimization of the MareNostrum 4 system at BSC, showcases Lenovo’s end-to-end, high-performance computing strength,” said Kirk Skaugen, President of Lenovo Data Center Group. “Building on our 25 years of history in x86 server computing and our number one position in x86 server customer satisfaction and reliability, our goal at Lenovo is to be the largest supercomputing company on earth helping solve humanities biggest challenges through the rapid advancement of technology and innovation.”

Video: Quantum Steps up with High Speed Parallel Storage at ISC 2017

In this video from ISC 2017, Molly Presley from Quantum describes the company’s advanced storage solutions for high performance computing. “At the core of all Quantum scale-out storage is StorNext advanced data management—engineered to tackle the world’s most demanding data-intensive workloads, with the performance and efficiency needed to cost-effectively achieve desired business results.”

CoolIT Systems Teams with Dell EMC as Liquid Cooling Supplier to Enable Greener Datacenters

Today CoolIT Systems announced a collaboration with Dell EMC to provide a factory-installed Direct Contact Liquid Cooling solution to address power and cooling challenges for a wide range of customers, especially in verticals such as High Performance Computing and High Frequency Trading. “As data center demands continue to rise globally, Dell EMC is at the forefront of delivering highly efficient, factory-installed liquid cooled PowerEdge servers,” said Patrick McGinn, Vice President Product Marketing at CoolIT Systems. “CoolIT Systems is proud to enable greener data centers through its patented Direct Contact Liquid Cooling technology and anticipates further success from the innovative collaboration with Dell EMC.”

Intel® HPC Orchestrator and OpenHPC: Trends and Directions

Sharing a common architecture, Intel® HPC Orchestrator and OpenHPC are changing the face of HPC by providing a cohesive and comprehensive system software stack. Dr. Robert Wisniewski, Chief Software Architect Extreme Scale Computing at Intel Corporation, discusses the advantages of this approach and how to leverage it to bring together HPC and the cloud.

Lustre Moves Forward: A Wrapup of LUG 2017

In this special guest feature, Sarp Oral from ORNL writes that the recent LUG Lustre User Group meeting in Indiana has set a new course for the popular parallel file system. “LUG is the premier event for the Lustre community and brings together developers, system architects and administrators, and users from all around the world to discuss the current status and future roadmap of Lustre.”

Dr. Eng Lim Goh on HPE’s Recent PathForward Award for Exascale Computing

In this video from ISC 2017, Dr. Eng Lim Goh from HPE discusses the company’s recent PathForward award as well as the challenges of designing energy efficient Exascale systems. After that, he gives his unique perspective on HPE’s “The Machine” architecture for memory-driven computing. “The work funded by PathForward will include development of innovative memory architectures, higher-speed interconnects, improved reliability systems, and approaches for increasing computing power without prohibitive increases in energy demand.”

NVIDIA Powers Top 13 Most Energy Efficient Supercomputers

Today Nvidia announced that the NVIDIA Tesla AI supercomputing platform powers the top 13 measured systems on the new Green500 list of the world’s most energy-efficient high performance computing systems. All 13 use NVIDIA Tesla P100 data center GPU accelerators, including four systems based on the NVIDIA DGX-1 AI supercomputer. “NVIDIA also released performance data illustrating that NVIDIA Tesla GPUs have improved performance for HPC applications by 3X over the Kepler architecture released two years ago. This significantly boosts performance beyond what would have been predicted by Moore’s Law, even before it began slowing in recent years.”

Video: HPE Moves HPC & Deep Learning Forward at ISC 2017

“Today, customer’s HPC requirements go beyond superior performance and efficiency,” said Bill Mannel, Vice President and General Manager, HPC and AI solutions, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. “They are also increasingly considering security, agility and cost control. With today’s announcements, we are addressing these considerations and delivering optimized systems, infrastructure management and services capabilities that provide A New Compute Experience.”

Video: InfiniBand Accelerates Majority of New Systems on TOP500 List

In this video from ISC 2017, Gilad Shainer from Mellanox discusses the company’s newest announcements for HPC: New Shield Technology Brings Self Healing to Networks, InfiniBand continues to grow on the TOP500, and how RDMA is enabling Machine Learning at Scale.